New Year, Crimes of 2022

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As the clock struck midnight and the fireworks filled the sky, many welcomed in 2023 excited for the change the year will bring about. This year presents many opportunities to accomplish ambitious tasks above the previous year. The history of setting New Year’s Resolutions has deep roots. Whether the resolutions focus on the physical, like more exercise, better eating habits, or if it considers the mental, with an increase desire to practice self-care, nearly one-third of Americans commit to this change.

However, not every person rings in the New Year on a positive note. The usual joy and cheer that fills this season is marked with uncertainty, confusion, and spikes of crimes, causing interruptions of festivities. To help you start the New Year off on the right foot, it is wise to know the most common crimes and exactly what they are

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When looking back at 2022 there are a few crimes that top the list of most occurred and they are as follows:

1. DUI

Under Florida Law, a DUI, also known as Driving Under the Influence, occurs when a motorist is in control of a motor vehicle while under the influence or with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08% or more. A driver who does not possess their normal faculties due to the use of alcoholic beverages, chemical substances, or controlled substance while operating a vehicle may also be charged with a DUI. Since alcohol consumption is often part of celebrations in the New Year, this charge becomes quite common. Additionally, this offense can lead to deadlier issues when connected to vehicular accidents. Even if the substance in your system is legally authorized for use, the law connected to use while driving can still get you into hot water. Want to read more about similar crimes. Check out our blog about Medical Marijuana and Driving.

2. Domestic violence

The crime of domestic violence is defined by any unlawful touching or striking of a family member or household member. The combination of the post-holiday stress, changes occurring within the new year, and family issues, domestic violence disputes tend to pop up. However, when police respond, an arrest is likely to occur. Florida law, if found guilty, provides mandatory jail terms, and may also include fines and probations. If you or a loved one are involved in a violent relationship, please contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1.800.799.SAFE (7233). This organization is available to assist you and provide resources to help.

3. Theft

As the economy continues to spiral, and interest rates maintain at an all-time high, some may resort to shoplifting. The cost of groceries continue to sky rocket, for some they turn to theft to get by. Additionally, there is still a constant concern revolving around porch pirates who steal deliveries from doorsteps and mailboxes. In the state of Florida, the crime of theft has been divided into two categories: Petit Theft and Grand Theft. Theft involves taking another’s property with the intent to deprive the person of access to the property or to use the property for personal use. Grand theft involves property valued at more than $750, while petit theft focuses on property less than $750.

4. Burglary

Did you know there is a difference between theft and burglary? In Florida, the difference between theft and burglary involves property and permission. The offense of burglary is characterized by the entering or remaining in a dwelling, structure, or conveyance with the intent to commit a crime.

In the eyes of the law, burglary is considered a more severe crime, in comparison to theft, and typically involves increased penalties. A few short minutes in which a burglary can be committed could result in life in prison, if convicted. 49th Street Bail Bonds offers more tips that could help you avoid these “Creepy Crawly Crooks”.

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